Perrydale football rolls to victory

PERRYDALE — When the season first began, Perrydale’s football team was far from polished.

“When we started out, we weren’t sure of what we were doing,” senior Cooper Butler said. “We’re getting to the point where we know what to do on certain offensive sets and getting the overall fundamentals down.”

That was on display during the Pirates’ 64-6 victory over South Wasco County on Friday.

Junior Randall Canfield had 13 carries for 287 yards and five touchdowns. Josh Crawford rushed 12 times for 192 yards and four touchdowns, and David Domes completed six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

JJ Avila had 14 tackles and two sacks on defense. Evan Lambert recorded seven tackles and two sacks, and Dustin Silver had two interceptions, and returned one 57 yards for a touchdown.

With a cast of largely new players, the season has been uneven.

But that hasn’t stopped players from enjoying the ride.

“I’m happy because I’m on this team,” Avila said. “The wins and losses don’t matter as much. These are kids I grew up with. Experience-wise, I don’t think anything can replace this.”

Butler and Avila in particular know that this season is focused on getting younger players ready to break out in the future.

That means sacrificing for long-term success that the seniors won’t be around to see, but that’s OK with them.

“It’s weird because you go from junior year looking up to the seniors to people looking up to you now,” Avila said. “But we want to leave a mark on the school in a good way.”

Perrydale plays at Pilot Rock Thursday at 6 p.m.

“As long as we stay focused, we can make these last few games good ones,” Butler said.

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